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UPDATE: Parents charged with child neglect appear in court

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SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Dustin and Staci Tallent appeared in court Wednesday for the first time to face charges of child neglect. The Soddy Dasiy couple is accused of not caring for their three children.

Police performing a child welfare in June found the home in poor condition with animal feces and trash throughout the home.

One child was reported kept in a locked room.

Police also found several dead animals stored in a freezer and others around the house.

The couple will be back in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on July 18.

The judge also added the condition to both of the Tallent's bonds, if they get out of jail, they are not to be on any possession of any animal or wildlife.


 PREVIOUS STORY:Two Soddy Daisy parents, charged with child neglect, now face additional charges of aggravated animal cruelty.

Dustin and Staci Tallent are each charged with more than a dozen counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

Monday, Soddy Daisy police received a tip and visited the couple's home on Depot Street for a welfare check. Police found three children living in poor conditions.

Police also discovered nearly two dozen animals. About half of them were dead in a freezer. 

The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga was called in to help rescue the ones still alive.

The couple is due in court on July 5.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: Two parents are facing aggravated child neglect charges after police found a child locked in a room and several dead animals inside the family's freezer. 

Soddy Daisy police received a tip and visited the home on Depot Street for a welfare check. They found three children living in poor conditions.

Feces, clutter, and dead animals are what police uncovered at the home. Family members said they've never been inside the couple's home until now.

"You can't leave or have your house looking like they do, especially when you got kids and stuff," Wallace Tallent, the suspect's father said.

Investigators said a neighbor concerned about three children living there decided to call. They took them to the hospital to be checked out after seeing the filthy conditions.

"There's no criminal activity or criminal intent here. It's a matter of very, very poor housekeeping," Tallent said.

Police disagree.

That's why Dustin and Staci Tallent are facing aggravated child neglect charges.

On top of that, officers discovered nearly two dozen animals. About half of them were dead in a freezer. 

The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga was called in to help rescue the ones still alive.

"We saw that there was definitely a dire situation with these animals. Animals at a minimum have been neglected. They're full of parasites," Bob Citrullo, HES Executive Director said.

They're now treating four dogs, three cats, one rabbit, a snake, and a lizard. Family members said they didn't realize the couple had so many animals.

They've tried giving the couple advice in the past, but it appears more will have to be done.

"They need a lot more guidance and a lot more guidance than we've been able to provide," Tallent said.

HES' executive director said they'll be filing animal neglect charges against the couple at the minimum. That's in addition to the charges they're already facing.


PREVIOUS STORY: Soddy Daisy police have charged a man and woman with aggravated child neglect in a home where they also found dead animals in a freezer.

Police confirm that Dustin Tallent and his wife, Staci, were arrested and charged with aggravated child neglect Monday at their Soddy Daisy home.

Police tell Channel 3 that at least one child was locked in a bedroom. Three kids were taken to the hospital to be checked out. The children have been placed in the custody of the Division of Children's Services.


PREVIOUS STORY: Police and the Humane Educational Society are investigating a possible animal hoarding case in Soddy-Daisy

The home, on Depot Street, is where police were called earlier Monday for a child welfare check.

Cats and dogs, as well as some other reptiles, were found in the home, which is described as being in "poor condition." Ten animals were removed from the home.

In a freezer at the home, investigators found two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, five parakeets and one turtle dead in a freezer.

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